Bed valance

Crewelwork embroidery

American
18th Century
around 1725


Object Place: Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

35 x 184 cm (13 3/4 x 72 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

59.474

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool embroidery

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Bed valance shaped along bottom edge; single piece of plain weave linen with selvedge across top edge embroidered with symmetrical flowering vine design across bottom with eight isolated flowers across top; most stems in outlined in stem stitch and filled in with herringbone stitch, most flowers and some leaves in dense rows of stem stitch, two large red flowers in corners in Roumanian couching or New England laid stitch with stem stitching used for outlines and small areas of filling, two large flowers at bottom outlined in stem stitch and filled in the Roumanian couching with dots in link stitch, small red-and-white and red-and-orange flowers at top center have chain stitched stems with Roumanian couching leaves and stem stitched blossoms

Provenance

Labeled "Colonial Embroidery about 1725. A part of a set of bed curtains lent by Miss Nellie Wade (Historical Society, Ips. 1900)" Returned May 16, 1952, Relent Oct. 21, 1953, Returned July 15, 1957, Relent May 9, 1959, made a gift, June 9, 1959.
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Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Jason Westerfield